Devizes Shooting: Man Charged

A 62 year old man charged with attempted murder after solicitor is shot in the head in Devizes.

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Devizes shooting: man remanded in custody

62 year old Michael Chudley from Rowde but of no fixed addresss has been remanded to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 24 September.

He has been charged with the attempted murder of Devizes solicitor James Ward.

The 58 year old father of three from Westbury was shot in the head as he worked at the firm of Morris, Goddard and Ward Solicitors.


Devizes Shooting: Man in Court

Michael Chudley, 62, appeared in court accused of shooting solicitor James Ward, 58, with a sawn-off shotgun at his office on Monday afternoon.

Mr Chudley confirmed his name, date and address during the hearing at Salisbury Magistrates' Court. An application for bail was not made.

Man charged over Devizes shooting

James Ward remains in hospital with life threatening injuries after being shot in the head Credit: Morris, Goddard & Ward

Wiltshire Police have charged a man with attempted murder after a man was shot in the head in Devizes.

James Ward, who's 58 remains in hospital with life threatening injuries following the shooting at a solicitor's office in the Wiltshire town on Monday.

62 year old Michael Chudley has also been charged with threats to kill, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and carrying a firearm with criminal intent.

He remains in police custody and will appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court this morning (Wednesday 4th July 2012).

Shot solicitor remains in critical condition

A man remains in hospital with life threatening injuries after being shot in the head in a solicitors office in Wiltshire.

Police were called to Morris, Goddard and Ward on St John's Street in Devizes yesterday afternoon.

Police are still at the scene on St John's Street in Devizes. Credit: ITV West

The victim, named locally as 58-year-old solicitor James Ward, from Westbury, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. His family are at his side.

A 62-year old man is in custody in Melksham, and a weapon has been recovered.

Road closures around the building have now been lifted.


Ambulance reached Shooting victim within six minutes of 999 call

We received a 999 call at 2.58pm reporting a man had been injured in an incident involving a firearm in office premises in St John's Street, Devizes.

A paramedic in a rapid-response vehicle was on scene at 3.04pm, backed up by other resources, including ambulance crew, doctor, air ambulance and duty officers to liaise with other emergency services.

He was treated and stabilised on scene before being conveyed to Frenchay Hospital by the Great Western Air Ambulance, with a critical care paramedic and critical care doctor on board."

– Spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service
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